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A good season,
This review is from: Dexter - Season 5 [DVD] (DVD)Dexter Morgan is a police forensics expert, family man, and serial killer. Luckily he confines his murderous instincts to those criminals who have avoided justice, and he avoids capture by rigorously following rules laid down by his adoptive father, a policeman who realised Dexter was "different". The show never flinches away from the ugly truth, that Dexter is a sociopathic murderer who just happens to prey on bad people. He's always one mistake away from being a monster, and he knows it.
It's probably fair to say that season four of Dexter was a triumph, with an excellent plotline and a truly shocking ending. The challenge for season five was how to follow that. The first episode opens minutes after the shocking finale of season four. Dexter had spent much of that season trying to see a way to combine a family life with his murderous impulses, and thought he had managed to deal with the threat of the Trinity killer and find a way forward. However, the last scene of the series destroyed all that, and now he has to try and deal with the consequences.
Some of the smaller problems are that Detective Quinn becomes suspicious of Dexter and hires someone to investigate him, and that Dexter's precarious relationship with his step-children is wrecked. However, the main plot sees Dexter find someone he might be able to share his issues with properly, and is a decent attempt to follow season four without copying it. The new characters, and the murderous plot surrounding them, are good, and the casting is excellent. Nothing meets the heights of the Ice Truck Killer or Trinity, but it's a worthy addition to the show. However, whereas Trinity's psyche was explored fully last season, the new main threat finishes the season without their mindset really being explained.
The use of other characters in Dexter has always been a bit patchy. His sister Debs doesn't really evolve much, and her new relationship in this season doesn't make much sense. The relationship of Batista and La Guerta has much melodrama but very little change, and Masuka is underused.
Ultimately, this series shies away from confronting some big problems. Harrison is shuffled off whenever he's not convenient, Dexter gets remarkably little trouble from the Trinity investigation despite having left a trail that could expose him, and the big question of how Dexter can live like an ordinary person is ignored. The end of the season doesn't quite hit the reset button, but very little is really solved, sorted or changed. Still, it's a good season of Dexter, and Dexter is very good television indeed.
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Initial post: 23 Jan 2011 17:44:12 GMT
J. P. Harrington says:
Haven't seen this season yet but you sound like you know your stuff! Good review!
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jan 2011 18:58:54 GMT
M. Hepworth says:
Thanks. Some people seem to dislike this season based on comparisons with season 4, but I think it's solid.
Posted on 18 Feb 2011 19:09:53 GMT
just finished season 3 & 4 cannot wait to get my hands on season 5, wheres the best place to get it??
Posted on 20 Mar 2011 20:06:06 GMT
Miss S. Pitarch-lloyd says:
I think it's a fantastic and emotional season. Julia Stiles is brilliant and the progression of the peripheral characters is natural, rather than forced for effect. Deborah's relationship may not seem to add a lot, but it was an inevitable event and although it doesn't develop her character, it does help to deepen Quinn's. And any way, by the end of the season we see her change in another way that I can't go into!
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2011 12:54:45 GMT
R. Wood says:
wish i knew...i'm afraid we just have to wait until they finally decide to broadcast it on tv....;)
Posted on 7 Sep 2011 20:26:57 BDT
I read your review quite a long time before season 5 became available on DVD here, and it lowered my expectations a lot. This was, I think, I good thing. By the time I finally got the box set (last night - watched it all in one sitting!) my memories of your review had morphed into something worse than it actually was, with the result that I started watching with VERY low expectations indeed. After the triumph of season 4, I am grateful to you for this, as I may have been disappointed if my expectations were unfairly high. But I watched and watched, and couldn't stop watching! I actually think season 5 is my favourite! I wasn't bothered by any of the things that bothered you - in part because I was ready for them. I have loved - LOVED - every season of Dexter, but up until now there have always been minor niggles that have bugged me. This time there were none. For me personally, this was a perfect season. Everything happened the way I wanted it to. No aspect of it frustrated or annoyed me, and I felt satisfied at the end. As I watched the entire season in one sitting (I always do this, btw) my emotions went in all the right directions, and I enjoyed the ride enormously. As always, it left me wanting more. I can't wait for season 6!
Posted on 8 Sep 2011 21:12:08 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Sep 2011 21:12:36 BDT
For her performances, Julia Stiles should get SOME kind of award!!!
Peter Weller was/is great as a sleazy disgraced cop, too.
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Sep 2011 16:17:17 BDT
I completely agree- the best season, without some of the disappointments of other series, and the classiest script. The idea of Dexter helping Lumen= Lumen helping Dexter, brilliant.
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